Biology (BIO)

BIO 1320     Plant Science     3 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.

The student will describe and discuss the basic principles of vascular plant morphology, physiology, pathology, and ecology as they relate to agricultural landscape technology by (a) identifying and describing plant structures; (b) describing fundamental plant functions; (c) identifying and describing fungi, bacteria, viruses, and insects which are responsible for common plant diseases; and (d) by describing the natural habitats of selected vascular plants. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3


BIO 1500     Environmental Science     4 Credit Hours

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 1510 or higher.

A laboratory science course which will focus through an interdisciplinary investigation on (a) developing an awareness of one's total environment (social, physical, and biological), (b) identifying the cause and perspective of our environmental concerns and, (c) exploring the possible and preferred solutions and strategies to those environmental issues. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 5

GE Outcomes: Global Understanding and Responsibility


BIO 1511     Life Science     4 Credit Hours

Equivalent: LSC 1510,GSC 1510

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 1510 or higher.

The course will cover the basic concepts of biology. These include: the cellular basis of life, metabolic processes, genetics, diversity, evolution and ecology, with human applications. This is a laboratory course intended for non-science majors. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 5

GE Outcomes: Scientific Literacy


BIO 1512     Biology of Global Health     3 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.

This course will introduce students to the main concepts of the public health field and the critical links between global health and environmental, sociocultural, and political-economic forces. Course topics include an overview of the factors affecting global health, a study of how health status is measured, and a review of key measures used to reduce the incidence of disease. The course will focus on the biological concepts underlying major diseases and issues in global health. This is a non-laboratory course. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3


BIO 1530     Biology I: Molecular and Cellular     4 Credit Hours

Equivalent: BIO 1510

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 1510 or higher and placement into MAT 1100 or higher.

The course will cover the molecular and cellular basis of biological processes including metabolism, reproduction, genetics and evolution along with relevant applications of biotechnology. This is a laboratory course intended for science majors. It is expected that students have successfully completed both high school biology and chemistry within the previous five years or the college equivalents. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 6

GE Outcomes: Scientific Literacy


BIO 1560     Biology II: Biodiversity and Ecology     4 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510 or higher.
Prerequisite: BIO 1511 or BIO 1530 with a 'C' or better within the last 5 years.

The course will investigate the three domains of life, with an emphasis on plant and animal phyla. The course topics include: evolution, classification, anatomical structure and function, ecology and behavior. This is a laboratory course intended for science majors. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 6

GE Outcomes: Scientific Literacy


BIO 1570     Microbiology of Health and Disease     3 Credit Hours

Equivalent: BIO 1710

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510 or higher.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on the OCC Biology Proficiency Test; or a grade of 'C' or better in BIO 1511 or BIO 1530 (or equivalent college transfer course) within the last 5 years.

Student will study the general nature and behavior of microbes as applied to human health and disease, including the dynamics of normal flora, the infectious process, microbes as causative agents of disease, host parasite relationships and development of immunity. Particular emphasis will be placed on the study of various modes of transmission and proper management to prevent spreading of infectious disease. This natural science course is also required for many health-related fields. This is a non-lab course. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3

GE Outcomes: Scientific Literacy


BIO 1580     Bioethics     3 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.

This course will cover ethical analysis of current biological research issues involved in our understanding of life. Course emphasis will be directed upon the cellular and molecular levels and may include such issues as genetic modification and enhancements via the use of recombinant DNA, gene patenting, the use of stem cells, and cloning for the creation of life. Other topics will include issues arising from recent advances in biotechnology and genetics. Completion of BIO 1511, BIO 1530, or equivalent is recommended. This is a non-laboratory course. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3


BIO 1600     Human Structure and Function     3 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.

This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the human body. Visual demonstrations and a variety of organ and system models will be used during lectures to illustrate the structural and functional organization of the human body. This natural science course is also required for many health profession and technology programs such as: health care administration, massage therapy, and medical assisting. This is a non-lab course. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3


BIO 1650     Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Emergency Medical Services Program     5 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510 or higher.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on the OCC Biology Proficiency Test; or a grade of 'C' or better in BIO 1511 or BIO 1530 (or equivalent college transfer course) within the last 5 years. Acceptance into the Emergency Medical Services Program.

This course is designed to meet the needs of students in the Emergency Medical Services program. This course reinforces the fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology for all major body systems with a detailed laboratory experience. The goal of this course is to provide a detailed survey of human anatomy and physiology to students in the Emergency Medical Services program. Students will learn basic terminology associated with human anatomical structures and physiological processes. Students will apply terminology and physiological function through the use of models, plaques, microscopy, dissection and experimentation in lab. This course does not meet the requirements for most other health professional programs. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 7


BIO 2540     General Zoology     4 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510 or higher.
Prerequisite: BIO 1530 with a grade of 'C' or better within the last 5 years.

The course will explore representative protozoa and members of the animal kingdom, emphasizing their metabolism, anatomical structure and function, reproduction and development, evolution, diversity and ecology. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 6

GE Outcomes: Scientific Literacy


BIO 2560     Principles of Genetics     3 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510 or higher.
Prerequisite: BIO 1530 and any of the following: BIO 1560 BIO 2540 BIO 2710 or BIO 2830 all with a grade of 'C' or better within the last 5 years; or consent of instructor.

The course examines the Mendelian and non-Mendelian laws of inheritance, the chromosome theory, chromosomal and genetic mutations, mechanisms of gene action, the nature of genetic material, statistical analysis, and eugenics. This is a non-laboratory course. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3


BIO 2601     Special Topics in Biology     1-4 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510 or higher.
Prerequisite: BIO 1500 BIO 1530 or BIO 1511.

This course will explore a special topic of current interest in biology. Such topics may include subjects in anatomy, physiology, botany, zoology, microbiology, environmental science or other areas of the life sciences. In studying these topics, the student will be introduced to current concepts and their applications. The course will include a lecture component and may also include laboratory experience, field trips or travel when appropriate. The student should consult the Schedule of Classes for the specific topic being offered and scheduled hours and contact the instructor in charge for detailed information. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 1 - 4


BIO 2602     Special Topics in Biology: Biodiversity in the Tropics     2 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510 or higher.
Prerequisite: BIO 1500 BIO 1530 or BIO 1511.

Biodiversity in the Tropics. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 2


BIO 2603     Special Topics in Biology     1-4 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510 or higher.
Prerequisite: BIO 1500 BIO 1530 or BIO 1511.

This course will explore a special topic of current interest in biology. Such topics may include subjects in anatomy, physiology, botany, zoology, microbiology, environmental science or other areas of the life sciences. In studying these topics, the student will be introduced to current concepts and their applications. The course will include a lecture component and may also include laboratory experience, field trips or travel when appropriate. The student should consult the Schedule of Classes for the specific topic being offered and scheduled hours and contact the instructor in charge for detailed information. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 1 - 4


BIO 2604     Special Topics in Biology     1-4 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510 or higher.
Prerequisite: BIO 1500 BIO 1530 or BIO 1511.

This course will explore a special topic of current interest in biology. Such topics may include subjects in anatomy, physiology, botany, zoology, microbiology, environmental science or other areas of the life sciences. In studying these topics, the student will be introduced to current concepts and their applications. The course will include a lecture component and may also include laboratory experience, field trips or travel when appropriate. The student should consult the Schedule of Classes for the specific topic being offered and scheduled hours and contact the instructor in charge for detailed information. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 1 - 4


BIO 2605     Special Topics in Biology: Fundamentals of Biotechnology     4 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510 or higher.
Prerequisite: BIO 1500 BIO 1530 or BIO 1511.

Fundamentals of Biotechnology BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 4


BIO 2630     Human Anatomy and Physiology I     4 Credit Hours

Equivalent: BIO 1610

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on the OCC Biology Proficiency Test; or a grade of 'C' or better in BIO 1511 or BIO 1530 (or equivalent college transfer course) within the last 5 years.

This course will analyze the structural and functional relationships of the human body at the biochemical, cellular, tissue, organ and system level. Emphasis will be placed on the identification of the major anatomical parts and physiological activities of the integumentary, skeletal (including articulations), muscular, and nervous (including special senses) system. The laboratory section of this course involves application of the concepts presented in lecture. This natural science course is also required for many health-related fields. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 6


BIO 2640     Human Anatomy and Physiology II     4 Credit Hours

Equivalent: BIO 1620

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: BIO 2630 with a grade of 'C' or better within the last 5 years; or consent of department discipline designee.

Utilizing and building upon information covered in Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 2630), this course will identify the major anatomical parts of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems of the human body and relate their structures to the physiological activities of these systems. This course will also analyze the homeostatic effects of fluids, electrolytes, acids and bases throughout the integrated human body. The laboratory section of this course involves application of the concepts presented in lecture. This natural science course is also required for most health profession and technology programs such as: dental hygiene, respiratory therapy, surgical technology and nursing. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 6


BIO 2660     Pathophysiology     3 Credit Hours

Equivalent: BIO 2250

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510 or higher.
Prerequisite: BIO 1650 or BIO 2640 with a grade of 'C' or better within the last 5 years; or consent of discipline or department designee.

This course teaches the fundamentals of pathophysiology as it relates to care of the chronic and emergent patient in home, pre-hospital, and hospital settings. Content includes an overview of normal body functions, the immune system and immune response, discussion of specific diseases, cellular injury and death, shock, and how disease and injury alter normal function. This course is intended to meet the requirements of the EMS National standard Curriculum on pathophysiology and is part of the Advanced EMT program. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3


BIO 2710     Microbiology     4 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: Both BIO 1530 and CHE 1000 or higher (or equivalent college transfer course) with a grade of 'C' or better within the last 5 years; or consent of department discipline designee.

The course concepts include microbial cell biology, microbial genetics, interactions and impact of microorganisms and humans, interactions and impact of microorganisms in the environment, and microbial diversity. Laboratory incorporates basic techniques and exercises to investigate course concepts. This natural science course is also required for many health profession and technology programs such as: respiratory therapy, surgical technology and nursing. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 6